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Peer Leadership Collaboratives

Peer Leadership Collaboratives were implemented in all Cincinnati Public Schools’ high schools during the 2016-17 school year.

Peer Leaderships Collaboratives are part of CPS’ My Tomorrow initiative, a new vision for education in which all CPS students are prepared for the success beyond graduation. My Tomorrow, launched in 2014-15 in grades 7-8, now is being implemented at more grade levels in every CPS school.

Collaboratives allow students to learn and apply seven leadership competencies developed by students during the 2016-17 Peer Leadership Summits: Inspirational, Creative, Open-minded, Optimistic, Goal-oriented, Confident, Determined.

Each school’s collaborative consists of a student captain and a co-captain, general members and a staff facilitator. Each collaborative launches student-led campaigns to encourage all students to lead others and allow young people to serve as positive change agents in five areas of focus:  college readiness, career readiness, philanthropy and service learning, men’s leadership, and women’s leadership.

The Leadership Collaboratives include M.O.R.E. (Men Organized, Respectful and Educated) and Girls to Women.

Girls to Women Leadership Collaborative

CPS’ Girls to Women Leadership Collaborative is designed to provide equitable access for female students to leadership development opportunities that will transform school cultures for the better.

Girls to Women aims for young girls to become strong, respected and compassionate leaders and agents of change now and as adults, focusing on developing solutions for issues facing them. Students will design and implement campaigns to motivate their peers, and, in addition, will create, develop, launch and manage school-based businesses.

The collaborative's pillars: Leadership, Peer Leadership Campaigns, Book Club, Entrepreneurship, Servant Leadership, Mentor Network, and Pathways to Career.
The goal is to implement Girls To Women Leadership programs across the district, impacting girls in 4th through 12th grades by the 2020-21 school year.

Ife Bell, CPS District Coordinator, Girls to Women Leadership Collaborative
(513) 363-0301

M.O.R.E. — Men, Organized, Respectful and Educated

Male Teen GraduatingM.O.R.E. - Men, Organized, Respectful and Educated - began in Cincinnati Public Schools' Aiken High School in 2009 as a reactive idea to keep young men out of trouble by allowing them to serve in leadership roles and by opening new opportunities to them.

With the success of M.O.R.E. at Aiken, M.O.R.E became a districtwide initiative in 2011 focusing on the growth of African-American males in Cincinnati Public Schools.

The M.O.R.E. Program nurtures academic success and strong character development among African-American and other at-risk young men to promote measurable improvements in academic achievement, grade-level promotion, graduation rates and college readiness. Each of CPS' 26 M.O.R.E Clubs includes after-school programming, and monthly and quarterly enrichment opportunities that include financial literacy, leadership development, good citizenship, health and wellness, college and career awareness, social skills development, academic support and community service.

M.O.R.E. Schools

  • Aiken High School (7 – 12)
  • Bond Hill Academy (4 – 6)
  • Chase School (4 – 6)      
  • Cheviot School (4 – 6)
  • Clark Montessori High School (7 – 12)   
  • Gilbert A. Dater High School (7 – 12)                                                
  • Fredrick Douglass School (4 – 6)     
  • Ethel M. Taylor Academy (4 – 6)
  • Evanston Academy (4 – 6)      
  • James N. Gamble Montessori High School (7 – 12)
  • Hughes STEM High School (7 -12)            
  • Mt. Airy School (4 – 6)
  • Pleasant Hill Academy (4 – 6)             
  • Pleasant Ridge Montessori School (4 – 6)
  • Oyler School (4 – 8)
  • Rees E. Price School (4 – 6)
  • Roll Hill School (4 – 6)           
  • Roselawn Condon School (6 – 8)
  • Shroder High School (7 – 12)        
  • Silverton Paideia Academy (4 – 6)
  • R. A. Taft Information Technology High School (7– 12)   
  • Western Hills University High School (7 – 12)
  • Westwood School (4 – 6)        
  • Withrow University High School (7 – 12)
  • Woodford Paideia Academy (4 – 6)        
  • Woodward Career Technical High School (7 -12)                        

Program Goals

The M.O.R.E. program strives to achieve the following measurable goals:

  • Increase reading proficiencies by one grade level
  • Increase student performance in math, science and in public speaking
  • Increase the number of African-American males enrolled in AA and AP classes
  • Each student maintains a 2.5 Grade Point Average
  • Increase academic performance and test scores on the Ohio Achievement Assessment, helping to close the achievement gap as reported on the Ohio Report Card
  • Reduce the number of student discipline issues by 50 percent (detentions, in-school and out-of-school suspensions)
  • Strengthen the relationship between the M.O.R.E program and the surrounding communities throughout Cincinnati
  • Increase the number of African-American males attending college or postsecondary education/training
  • Increase the knowledge of the M.O.R.E. brand throughout Cincinnati

CPS' M.O.R.E. program has garnered national attention. On April 10, 2014, David Johns, Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African-Americans, visited Cincinnati’s Shroder High School and talked with a dozen students and their leaders involved in CPS’ M.O.R.E. program.

Details about David Johns' visit to Shroder High School


The M.O.R.E. program's monthly curriculum focuses on these topics:

  • Social Media Management — October
  • Decision Making — November
  • Critical Thinking — December
  • Emotional Intelligence — January
  • Personal Branding — February
  • Financial Literacy — March
  • Job Readiness — April
  • Revisit all topics — May


  • Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
  • Dream Builders
  • University of Cincinnati
  • I Dream Academy
  • Morehead State University
  • Miami Oxford University

How You Can Help

M.O.R.E. needs partners and leaders willing to offer supportive programs, personal time and/or financial donations. If interested, please complete this interest form to let us know how you or your organization could support our efforts to address the unique challenges of African-American and other at-risk male students in Cincinnati Public Schools. 

To submit an interest form:

E-mail:  William Johnson, District M.O.R.E. Coordinator  
Mail:  William Johnson, District M.O.R.E. Coordinator, Cincinnati Public Schools, P.O. Box 5381, Cincinnati, OH 45201-5381
Fax: (513) 363-0025

Questions: Contact William Johnson, (513) 363-0093

Program Advisors

Leadership for the M.O.R.E. program comes via a districtwide Coordinator, William Johnson, in partnership with school-based club advisors selected by principals. Each club’s advisor facilitates club meetings and serves as a positive ambassador of the M.O.R.E. program at their schools and across the district. Advisors are expected to provide an engaging atmosphere where students learn and grow socially, conducting a minimum of eight meetings per month, four community service projects each year, and two parent/advisor nights each year. The advisor also is responsible for working with school leadership to identify and recruit males from their school into the program, keeping an accurate record of rosters, club meeting topics, and club meeting attendance.

Would you like to support M.O.R.E. financially?

Donations are used to enhance programs and to purchase special attire (such as business shirts and ties) for our young men. All donations are tax deductible.

Financial contributions:  Make checks payable to Cincinnati Public Schools, and mail to William Johnson, District M.O.R.E. Coordinator, Cincinnati Public Schools, P.O. Box 5381, Cincinnati, OH 45201-5381. Secure online donations may be made through PayPal.

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